Classical Conversations of Joppa
Weekly Newsletter - September 10, 2015
Director - Ms. Laura Ramsey's Notes
For many of us, the secret gift of homeschooling is that we finally receive the education we never had. In Classical Conversations, we are reclaiming two generations at once. Remember to learn alongside your children, model to them how to deal with frustrations and excitements!
The beauty of homeschooling in a community is sharing ideas and supporting each other. Come to CC day with an open mind and take notes on how your tutors are drilling the memory work. Remember, you do NOT prepare before coming to CC Day (except for presentations). When you enter CC Day, it's a fresh look at the material for everyone. If you do notice some children already know the timeline or math facts, it's because they are repeated every year.
Week 2 Preview - Sept 15th
Foundations Student Presentation Topic: Show and Tell - Biology and Nature. Go outside and find a living thing. Sketch or take a picture to share with the audience. Share what you learned about this living thing (grass, leaves, bugs, animals)
Science Project: VanCleave's Book #54 Telgraph Line
Fine Arts Project: Drawing - OiLS and Mirror Image
The tshirts and sweatshirts are in. I'll have them during morning assembly for those who ordered.
Lost and Found
Found: Insulated coffee mug left on kitchen area counter
Foundations Class Notes - Week 1 Wrap Up
Science Project - Week 1 - Beans
Here are some great resources:
Watch a lima bean sprout and grow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZMjBO6A7AE&index=9&list=PL8kS9Xw9NGmXbqT-YRU8MRw7sA7K-LjrH
Watch a mung bean germinate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB4ASdELBbQ&index=8&list=PL8kS9Xw9NGmXbqT-YRU8MRw7sA7K-LjrH
Fine Arts Project - Week 1 - OiLS
Here are some great arts/drawing resources (many at the library for free):
Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Draw Write Now series
Ed Emberley's books
Art for kids: drawing by Kathryn Temple
Squiggles, dots & lines DVD
Art lesson for children DVD series
Drawing with Mark DVD series
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Ish by Peter Reynolds, Dot by Peter Reynolds, Sky Color by Peter Reynolds
Mix it Up by Tulle
Abecedarians - Ms. Lauren Neiswinger's Notes
Apprentices - Ms. Chasity Longworth's Notes
Unfortunately I was held up at home praying for you all yesterday morning instead of being there for our first day together!! :( It sounds like it was a good day! Young Bo enjoyed his first day very much! Tommy threw up again this morning! :( After he pukes, he is all better... we think he is puking all the phlegm he swallows while sleeping... allergies? He is fine now as we are working on school this morning.
As for review of week one's memory work...
Don't forget... the song for Science using the tune to "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians"
And the song for Latin can be found on CC Connected under the user SBrooks if you are on CC Connected. Otherwise, Chant and use hand motions. Don't fret as this same memory work for Latin will be used for weeks 2, 13, and 14!
I hope and pray you all had a great first week. Please, let me know if I can be a help in ANY way!! I love you all and your child already and I sure hope to see you on the 15th!!! Praying for you and your week of home schooling!!
Apprentices - Ms. Renee Stratton's Notes
Journeymen - Dr. Sharon Touryan's Notes
We had a good first day, and our class did well at hosting a few of our apprentice classmates. When reviewing memory work this week, we used the following songs:
Science: "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians"
History and Timeline are on the CD.
The rest we just said or chanted.
Next week's presentations will be about living things the student found and observed in nature. Possible things they can talk about include: habitat, diet, classification (e.g., amphibian, fungus, etc.), life cycle, fun facts. I encouraged them to draw a picture of it using their OiLs skills.
The presentation skill we will focus on is talking to the audience, rather than staring down at our sheet of paper.
Have a great week! Don't hesitate to contact me with questions.
Masters - Ms. Jo Anne Wilhelm's Notes
ESSENTIALS CLASS NOTES - WEEK 1 WRAP UP
Essentials - Ms. Ariel Oppel's Notes
MEMORY WORK EXTRAS AND RESOURCES
Memory Work Extras
CC Timeline Handmotions Video:
A PDF printout of handmotions can be found on CC Connected user name rafikipaka.
Cycle 1 Memory Work Audio:
Cycle 1 Memory Work Tutorials:
Reading Correlations from Half a Hundred Acre Wood:
Foundations to Challenge Link
Scientific Method Song and Motions
CC Article: What Not to Do with Your Firstborn when Starting Foundations
Moms Morning Out at Panera Bread
Saturday, Sep. 12th, 9am
3412 Merchant Boulevard
Sharon Touryan and Laura Ramsey will be there more towards 9:30am due to soccer games.
Field Trip: Baltimore Zoo
Friday, Sep. 18th, 10am
Mansion House Drive
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!
Field Trip: Brad's Produce - Hay Ride and Pumpkins
Friday, Oct. 9th, 10am
550 Asbury Road
FREE Family Event: Child Safety Fair at Shamrock Park
Saturday, Oct. 10th, 11am-2pm
39 North Hackery Avenue
Bel Air, MD
Field Trip: Wildlife Adventures
Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 10am
Trinity Church, 2609 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD
"Treasure of Wildlife: Fruit of the Spirit" is a 45 minute program using scripture and animals to define and understand the Bible's fruits of the spirit. $20/family. Register with Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th.